CULINARY MAKEOVERS – Number Five CHICKEN SALAD & RICE CROQUETTES
Here we go again. What to make out of the leftovers. Today’s leftovers consisted of a chicken breast, miso mayonnaise, some diced pineapple, short grain rice and mozzarella cheese.
The Chicken Breast was turned into Chicken Salad:
Dice the Chicken and the Pineapple and Mince 2 ribs Celery. Combine in a medium size bowl and add leftover Miso Mayonnaise along with some additional Mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard, 2 tablespoons of pickle relish and voila, there is you Chicken Salad. My leftover chicken was from Korean BBQ Chicken that I had made for dinner two nights ago and it had plenty of seasoning. If you use poached or roasted chicken breast, you may want to add some salt and pepper to it or even some diced onion. Chopped Salted Cashews or Macadamia Nuts will go well with this salad also.
The Short Grain Rice was turned into Rice/Mozzarella Croquettes:
1 cup leftover cooked Short Grain Rice
½ cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Egg White
Additional Egg White or Yolk
Seasoned Bread Crumbs (Panko Crumbs work very well)
Combine all the ingredients except for the Additional Egg White and the Bread Crumbs.
Mix well and form into patties. Dip each patty into the additional white or yolk and then into the bread crumbs.
Heat about 1 inch of Peanut or Corn Oil in a frying pan. When the oil reaches 350 degrees gently place the patties into the hot oil and fry one side until golden brown. Carefully turn and cook on the other side until the color on that side is golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Serve while still warm. Yield: Aprox. 4 small croquettes
I also prepared some Edamame by microwaving them with a small amount of von Fass Ginger/Sesame Oil and tossed with a little gray sea salt.
Our meal this night consisted of:
Summer is just around the corner and cool salads make great entrees on hot summer evenings so try your own version of leftover chicken salad and any other side dishes to go with it. One leftover that works well with chicken salad are potatoes that can be made into potato salad or home fries or you can make pasta or fruit salad along with fresh croissants or biscuits from the corner bakery.